Massachusetts Online Gambling

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Online sports betting is legal in Massachusetts and MA sports betting has been going strong since its early 2023 launch.  As long as you are within Massachusetts state lines you can make a sports bet anytime from anywhere. The Massachusetts Lottery can also be accessed via mobile devices, and MA residents are happily buying lottery tickets online.

Online casinos are not yet legal in the Bay State, but land-based casinos are. If you want to play slots, table games, or other casino games, you have 3 casinos to choose from. Gaming action can be found at Massachusetts casinos across the state.

The team at PlayMA has the latest on online gambling in Massachusetts and the whole gambling scene in MA. Check back regularly for updates from around the state.

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Legal Gambling in Massachusetts

Online Casinos

Unfortunately, online casinos are not legal in Massachusetts at this time. To the best of our knowledge, the addition of Massachusetts online casino gambling as a legal activity in the state is not on the horizon right now. However, the recent launch of online sports betting could provide a spark to the possibility of MA online casinos becoming a reality. In addition, Rhode Island just legalized online casinos, and that could potentially put pressure on Massachusetts lawmakers to make a similar move soon.

But for the time being, the best options for Bay Staters who want to play online casino-style games are social casinos. These sites allow you to play slots and table games. Social sites like Pulsz Slots and Casino allow you to play a variety of different casino-style games for fun. Meanwhile sites like Chumba Casino, LuckyLand Slots and Funzpoints offer the chance to win cash prizes for your play.

Online Poker

Online poker is not legal in Massachusetts right now. In fact, because of the lower profits for gambling providers and taxing authorities, it is less likely that Bay Staters will see online poker options before online casinos debut. That could be a little down the road, as online casinos don’t appear to be launching in the state anytime soon.

In the meantime, you can avail yourself of some social casino options. Some sites let you play poker with people across the country. A good option for this kind of action is Global Poker. Global is a sister site to both Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots, and has plenty of options. You can play No Limit Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Crazy Pineapple and, Pot Limit Omaha High/Low (aka Eight or Better).

Sports Betting

Legal sports bets can now be placed online and in-person in Massachusetts. Seven sportsbooks are currently taking bets in the Bay State: DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, FanDuel, WynnBET, Barstool Sportsbook, and Betr. Another sportsbook, Fanatics, has launched its beta product in Massachusetts.

Barstool Sportsbook is set to undergo a major rebrand to ESPN Bet, as PENN sold Barstool and signed a massive partnership with ESPN. The new ESPN Bet is expected to launch in Massachusetts in November. At full capacity, the state could ultimately feature as many as 15 online sports gambling sites.

In addition to online betting, bets can also be placed in person at MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park Casino. All three retail gambling locations offer vast wagering markets, with plenty of wager types, sports and leagues to choose from.

Lottery

The Massachusetts Lottery is one of the older options for legal gambling in the state, selling its first ticket in 1972. Players have multiple options, as there are several draw games that you can play, including Powerball, Mega Millions and Megabucks. All of these regularly feature jackpots in excess of $1 million.

In addition, you can play the Numbers Game and Mass Cash if you want some options a bit closer to home. The Massachusetts Lottery also sells dozens of instant win games. Keep in mind that you cannot play any of these games online. Although the commission does offer a lottery app, it’s only an informational tool rather than a method to purchase tickets online.

Horse Betting

One of the most common types of online gambling in any state is horse betting. Federal legislation from 2000 and an exemption in 2006’s Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act rendered betting on horse racing legal at the federal level and up to each state to decide. Like the majority of states, horse betting in Massachusetts is legal.

There are a host of horse betting sites available to Bay State residents, but one of the best options is FanDuel Racing. The online racebook combines all the features we already love about FanDuel with great horse betting options. In addition to offering a wide variety of wagers, it gives users a chance to stream racing coverage from all around the world. Plus, new users will often get great welcome offers.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests have a particularly deep connection in Massachusetts. One of the major DFS companies, DraftKings, launched in Boston and retains its corporate headquarters in the Back Bay area. The only shock about Massachusetts’ legalization of DFS in 2016 was that it wasn’t the first state to do so — in fact, by then seven others had beaten the Bay State to the punch.

It doesn’t really matter, though. DFS is alive and well as a legitimate activity in Massachusetts, and is a standard activity for many of its residents. You can play on DraftKings DFS, FanDuel DFS or any of the other legitimate providers.

FAQ

Yes, at least in some capacity. Online sports gambling is legal in Massachusetts. The industry launched earlier this year. Residents can also participate in daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests online. However, other forms of online gambling such as online casinos, online poker, and an online lottery remain illegal activities in Massachusetts. 

You need to be 21 years of age or older in order to participate in most gambling activities in Massachusetts. You must be 21 to play at Massachusetts casinos, and sports betting requires players to be this age or older as well. The only exceptions are the state lottery and horse betting, which require players to be 18 or older.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) oversees all gambling activity in the state. This includes MA sports gambling. Mass Gaming regulates every bit of gambling in the state and will do so for any future gambling expansions that may make their way to the Massachusetts market.

Resources

If gambling is a problem for you, there are multiple resources available to you around the clock in Massachusetts. Every minute you spend in recovery is a minute you didn’t lose gambling.

Responsible gambling services in Massachusetts begin with the Office of Problem Gambling Services (OPG), a division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The OPG provides crisis services to problem gamblers and training assistance for those who care for problem gamblers. If you want to explore options for problem gambling treatment, you can contact the OPG at the Massachusetts Problem Gambling Helpline at (800) 327-5050. You can also reach out through the live chat function on the helpline website. Alternatively, you can reach out to the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health, which maintains its own helpline at (800) 426-1234 and a live chat function on its website.

Massachusetts also maintains a voluntary self-exclusion list for bettors. The state-run program bars you from patronizing any gambling locations inside Massachusetts. Placing yourself on the list will render you unable to play at these venues and subject to various forfeitures if you are caught doing so. Your time on the list can range from six months to the rest of your life. You can also use self-exclusion on all MA mobile betting apps.

Another great resource is the MGM GameSense page, which offers state-specific information. The site aims to “keep gambling fun with tips and information for casino guests.” MGM Springfield in Massachusetts promotes responsible gambling as well, offering problem gambling help both in-house and on their official website.

Massachusetts is home to two Native American tribes that qualify as federally recognized entities:

  • Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
  • Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

So far, only the Mashpees have moved to secure a compact with the folks in Boston. The tribe received federal recognition in 2007, and moved quickly to declare 321 acres near Taunton as its reservation lands. Of the 321 acres in the trust, 151 were approved for gambling use. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe broke ground on the First Light Resort and Casino in April 2016, and the stage was set for the fourth Massachusetts casino. However, nearly seven years later, no more progress has been made on the casino’s construction. A legal battle has been brewing for several years, and it remains to be seen when First Light Resort and Casino will open. If the legal challenges continue long enough, the DOI policy could change again depending on who is sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2025.

Meanwhile, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has not been as dogged in its pursuit of an agreement with the state. Instead, it has moved to create a bingo facility on tribal lands. Of course, the government sued this tribe, too — this time, it was the city government of Aquinnah — claiming that a 1983 land agreement nullified the tribe’s ability to offer gambling. After some arguing in court, the tribe prevailed in 2018 and began moving forward with its plans. However, the town remained undeterred and has kept the project tied up in court ever since with any issues that it could find. It now appears that the tribe will be able to build the venue, albeit with some approvals from the powers that be.

If you want or need more information about online gambling in Massachusetts, there are plenty of resources available. For additional information, you can visit any of the links below to find out more:

The state’s legal gambling locations are the following:

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